MAAP STARS Legislative Day
MAAP STARS visited the State Capitol for MAAP Legislative Day.
We were able to meet with Senator Tony Lourey and Representative Jason Rarick to talk about what it means to have an alternative learning environment as an option for high school, as well as to learn about what our representatives do. We also toured the Capitol Building including the Senate, House, Supreme Court, and Governor's Office.
This week eight ELC learners took part in the Construction for Tomorrow program. Many of the Trades were represented, including but not limited to ironworkers, concrete, masons, construction, heavy equipment, and electricians. Many of the learners took advantage of the hands-on simulators and projects in these fields. It was a great opportunity to gain knowledge of careers that are in high demand.
Today we were able to take a trip with the HFHS Transitions Class to Chuckers Bowling in Rush City.
Today, some of our learners had the opportunity to visit the Local 49ers Training Center in Cloverdale, MN, where they were able to learn about, climb on, explore, and test drive heavy equipment machines. This is a career interest area for many of our learners, so it was a great chance to get to see the machines up close and personal.
Today, some of our MAAP STARS members had the opportunity to attend WE Day at the Excel Energy Center in St. Paul, where we spent the day listening to some inspiring stories of kids making a difference in the world, as well as watching (and dancing/singing to) some amazing performers. We were inspired into expanding our community service outreach. We hope to make this an annual trip!
Today, 4 MAAP STARS students and Advisor Val Kunze embarked on the journey to Long Prairie for the 2017 MAAP STARS Fall Leadership Conference, where the learners were able to congregate with with students from 28 other Alternative Learning High Schools from across the state of MN at Lake Beauty Camp. The conference was a two-day event (yes, we slept overnight at camp!) and activities centered around developing leadership and social skills, as well as planning ahead for our year as a MAAP STARS Chapter. For more information about MAAP STARS please check out: http://maapmn.org/MAAPStars.html .
Today we took a Future's Prep field trip to Black Bear Casino for the SYSCO Food Show. We spent the day sampling all kinds of prepared foods from meat, to fish, to pasta, sides, deserts, and more. Ask a student about some of the things they were able to try!
This year's students were able to visit the School Forest today. For the past few years, we have taken the initiative to manage and care for the Hinckley-Finlayson School Forest by clearing the gathering area, grooming trails, maintaining upkeep of the dock, marking sick trees for removal, and other forest management activities. Today was just an exploration day for the students to familiarize themselves with the layout of the trails and landmarks, although we did do a little bit of grass clearing. Highlights: grass trimming, trail exploring, slug/bug eating, tree climbing, mudding, sledgehammer-ing, corn hole/bean bag playing, fort building, and five-dollar pizza eating.
The first field trip of the year is under our belt the first week of school! Today we headed out to the edge of Finlayson to spend time at Rhine Lake Retreat to spend the day building community. The quiet, private retreat facilities were perfect for our day. We spent time on the lake canoeing, kayaking, paddle boating, and hanging out on the dock taking in nature and conversation. We played horseshoes and football, spent time reading our novels, and had a picnic lunch and birthday cake. It was a little cold and wet, but at the end of the day everyone agreed it was worth it and enjoyable.
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